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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 21 — Oct. 13, 2008
  • pp: 16977–16983

Dynamic optical lattices: two-dimensional rotating and accordion lattices for ultracold atoms

R. A. Williams, J. D. Pillet, S. Al-Assam, B. Fletcher, M. Shotter, and C. J. Foot  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 21, pp. 16977-16983 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.016977


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Abstract

We demonstrate a novel experimental arrangement which can rotate a 2D optical lattice at frequencies up to several kilohertz. Ultracold atoms in such a rotating lattice can be used for the direct quantum simulation of strongly correlated systems under large effective magnetic fields, allowing investigation of phenomena such as the fractional quantum Hall effect. Our arrangement also allows the periodicity of a 2D optical lattice to be varied dynamically, producing a 2D accordion lattice.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

History
Original Manuscript: September 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 7, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2008
Published: October 9, 2008

Citation
R. A. Williams, J. D. Pillet, S. Al-Assam, B. Fletcher, M. Shotter, and C. J. Foot, "Dynamic optical lattices: two-dimensional rotating and accordion lattices for ultracold atoms," Opt. Express 16, 16977-16983 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-21-16977


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